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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Ca d'Morissio Riserva Monprivato 2004
Editorial Reviews for Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Ca d'Morissio Riserva Monprivato
Herb stem notes and limestone greet the nose followed by tart fruits, watermelon rind, salami, hanging game, and an incipient truffle note. This is tense in the mouth and showing a bit of density but remains wildly transparent. Elegant and with the sneaky power of Mascarello, this is a tough stage to be trying this as it’s chewy and long with tons of tightly packed sweet fine grained tannins leading to a long mineral laced and woodsmoked topped finish. This is just beautiful, but it does need 20 years. 95pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Ca d'Morissio Riserva Monprivato
The 2004 Barolo Riserva Monprivato Ca d’Morissio is totally seamless and beautiful. It possesses gorgeous textural richness and finesse with virtually no perception of tannin. Rose petals, flowers, raspberries and mint come alive in the glass, but it is the wine’s subtle yet insistent chalky minerality that is the thread that holds the wine together. This is a hugely impressive Barolo with a bright future. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.
Good medium red. Sexy, wild aromas and flavors of strawberry, mocha, coffee and minerals. Intensely flavored, fat and sweet, perhaps more concentrated and voluminous than the “regular” Monprivato as this is 100% from the michet clone, which typically produces smaller berries. There’s an almost flinty, smoky minerality to the lush flavors of wild red berries. Finishes long, round and full, with layered, thoroughly ripe tannins. I would not be at all surprised if this merited a 95-point score eight or ten years down the road.
Good full, deep red. Aromas of plum, cherry, coffee, clove and mocha; currently showing little in the way of floral high tones. Deep, sexy and sweet, with soil-driven flavors of strawberry, mocha and dried herbs. Nicely integrated acids serve to accentuate the wine’s tannins, giving it a strong impression of structure. This very unevolved wine is extremely hard to taste today — but that’s no problem for anyone but me as this wine won’t be released for years. Mascarello replanted this portion of the Monprivato hillside in 1988 with a selected clone of michet that yields smaller berries and takes longer to express itself in the wine. The yield here is normally under 30 hectoliters per hectare, says Mascarello, versus a typical 40 to 42 for the “regular” Monprivato.
Settling into a phase of maturation, this powerful red offers floral, truffle, macerated cherry, leather and spice aromas and flavors. Sweet and balanced, with fruit, mineral and savory elements lingering on the aftertaste. Still youthful, this remains approachable, and should peak in a year or two. Best from 2015 through 2040.